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#59907
Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to take some pictures of actual palaces. Now that some time has passed, I would like to share those pictures just to show what they looked like.

Please, no politics. I really want this to be about the architecture.

This is Uday's residence. It was closed off for safety reasons.


Taken from the roof of Victory Over America, over Victory Over Iran. The residence is the building to the right, facing VOI across the isthmus. Ba'ath House is behind the residence, across the lake.


From the road on the isthmus.


And from the middle of the street. The projecting roof over the front steps makes it more imposing as you get closer.
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#59929
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
The east side of the building.


Despite all of the protrusions and recesses, both sides of the building are more or less straight lines -- the floor plan is more or less triangular.




Showing the delineation between the structure over the main entrance (left) and the rest of the building.


Same thing, only artier. Because there's a tree.


A little unsupported protrusion.


From the rear corner.


Same corner, standing on the walkway that ran along the waterside.


Even with rectangular windows and doorways, the arch shape is incorporated into the architecture.


A closer shot of the window. The texture above and below is just a checkerboard pattern, every other block pushed in or pulled out.


And around the corner in the rear courtyard. Note the Perfume Palace in the background, across the lake.
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#59934
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
And the west side of the building.


Note the remains of the HVAC unit hanging precariously on the edge of the roof.


Again, highlighting the structure over the main entrance. Stone tiles were still hanging from the brick and cement construction.


The same tall arch framing rectangular windows.


A freestanding arch at the end of the wall. No idea why, probably just aesthetic.


Taken from the rear quarter of the building, actually showing more of the rear courtyard.


The opposite side of that freestanding arch.
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#59936
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
It's a beautiful building. I wonder how it looks now, if they have restored it.
I have often thought to paint some DF pieces to be this color scheme. Maybe some of my GT sets.
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#59938
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
This building is actually one of the least likely to be restored, for multiple reasons.

One is that it was specifically targeted in the bombardment. The extent of the damage will become clearer in subsequent postings.

The other reason is sociopolitical -- everyone hated Uday. If even a fraction of the things he was accused of were true… then the Iraqis will probably tear it down and build something else.


But I agree that it was a beautiful building. And the stonework is terrific (even if it is all tile). Someday I hope DF will produce a line featuring large, smooth stone blocks this color.
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#59955
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
And on to the front door.


The way in. Keep to the left, then bear right. Finally, an actual arched window above the front entry. Both the entryway and the little room above it had chandeliers.


The sign(s) used to say "DANGER FALLING DEBRIS KEEP OUT". More importantly, see how the quarter column coiled spiral trim comes out at the base.


You are looking all the way through the house, but to be fair I think it was actually designed that way before the bombardment.


Yet again, the writing is on the wall, and I can't read a word of it.


A close-up of the decoration above the door. The depth of the relief really makes the details pop.


The arched window, a design around the arch, incomplete writing, and the octagonal cylinder porch lights.


A light, and the top of one of the big freestanding columns. I couldn't figure out whether those were actually solid stacked stones, or tiles around a concrete center.


Detail of a light. Obviously electric, but I figure those could work with oil or candles.


Me being arty again.


Not a great picture, light wise, but it does show the details of that column top. Note the five-point stars.
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#59958
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Moving inside…


On either side of the entrance was a triangular alcove. Nice place to put a statue, or a giant brass ewer?


All the way in the back on the east side. A decent fireplace, and security ironwork.


A ceiling. A really decorative ceiling.


A long decorative ceiling, with wires showing where the chandelier used to be.


A section of crown molding. See where it meets up with the dry wall, and a gap where you can see the metal framework the entire building was built around.


Another section of ceiling. You can see how the whole thing was assembled like a big puzzle, and where pieces have come loose. It makes me wonder how much of the other trim work is actually stone or plaster or tile, and how much might just be painted wood.

Modern buildings are frequently stripped of valuable materials, from copper wiring to decorative fixtures. Makes me wonder if adventurers might be lured to an abandoned palace for salvage, only to find that the precious metal fixtures are just plated and the stone tiles are just enameled.
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#59959
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Two particular rooms in the residence.


This is the front of the building on the west side. Tiny fireplace, big painting. See the grazing deer at the bottom?


Focusing on the textured trim at the top, and the recessed and decorated ceiling.


Trying to show how deep that trim was, and how intricate the details were.


Same room, looking into the center of the building. Another freestanding staircase, going to the remains of the second floor. It's not actually like stairs in Middle Earth -- you can see the broken bases of the railing supports. Anyone coming down that staircase would have a great view of the painting.


In the back on the east side, facing into the rear courtyard.


Establishing shot of the ceiling. Notice how similar the textured arches are to the trim above the painting in the other room.


Closer on that crown molding.


Detail of the bottom row.


And detail of the top rows.
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#59960
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
And finally, the rear entrance.


Really highlighting the destruction. The second floor of this building was just gone.


Closeup of the second level window or balcony.


Closer on the doorway.


On the rear wall of the residence, flanking the rear door, were two big pieces of artwork. I don't know if they would be considered mosaics, or painting on tile, but here's one.


And here's the other. Both were the same size (about a story and a half to two stories tall) and visible from across the lake. Unfortunately, I can't speak to the actual quality of any of the artwork.
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#59971
Re:Modern Palaces V 7 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Great pics! The place is gigantic for a "house".
That pillar with the stars is incredible.
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